Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963
50th Anniversary Of The March On Washington
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March on Washington
On August 28, 2013 citizens from across this country will converge upon our nation’s capital to commemorate and celebrate the historic March on Washington which occurred 50 years ago on August 28, 1963. The March is about 1.6 miles long.
President Obama 2013
Mr. Obama, speaking in front of the Lincoln Memorial where 50 years ago Dr. King gave his famous “I Have a Dream Speech,” said that advances in securing voting rights, civil rights and the eradication of legalized discrimination of African-Americans show that part of Dr. King’s goals were achieved.
March on Washington 1963
But he cited income inequality and disparities in the unemployment rate between blacks and whites as among examples of how Dr. King’s goals remained unfulfilled. Tying the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom to concerns about economic inequality today, he reminded people that jobs were a central goal of those marching years ago.
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President Obama 2012
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‘I Got 99 Problems, But Mitt Ain’t One’
Jay-Z joined Barack Obama in Columbus, Ohio 2 days before the election as the president closes out the end of the campaign season. “What’s up? Ohio makes some noise!” the rapper greeted the crowd and he jumped into a remix of “99 Problems,” substituting Mitt in the chorus to proclaim the GOP candidate as not a problem. Jay-Z said “Four years ago we voted for hope and change, that change is also on the way, we know it’s not an overnight thing, but we absolutely want to move forward.” Then he introduced Barack Obama.
President Obama Won and Promised ‘Best Is Yet To Come’
President Obama won a second term and he promised his thrilled supporters “that for the United States of America the best is yet to come.”
The media projected President Barack Obama had secured more than the 270 needed to win the presidential election. Obama eventually won 303 of the electoral votes and 50% of the popular vote.
While more than 90% of the Black vote was projected to go to Obama, as the Black vote usually goes over 80% to the democratic candidate, black leaders have also been sounding off for months on the high standards they would hold the president to in his second term.
Obama sent an email out to supporters Tuesday saying, “I will spend the rest of my presidency honoring your support, and doing what I can to finish what we started.”